Insulation Baffles Installation Problems
SmartBaffle can fit between 16" and 24" center rafters. It can also be modified to accommodate different rafter widths. SmartBaffle can be used with spray foam, loose-fill or fiberglass insulation. It is rugged and unbreakable for handling. SmartBaffle is made of durable, non-collapsing material that will not crack. To achieve the highest 'R' value in winter and summer, insulation should be placed loosely in the remaining space between rafter bays. This baffle has 2" airflow between the rafter bays. This is more than any other competitor product. For uneven rafter spaces, you can make SmartBaffles wider or narrower by following the instructions in the box.
Other baffles are designed for insulation alone and don't take into account that it often falls out. When installed, it should be loose-fill insulation because this type fills all gaps to maximize its potential, reduce moisture, decrease stale air, and allow air to flow (air circulation) more effectively. Those who install insulation without installing baffles could end up with areas that are either too full or too empty, meaning there isn't enough insulation in the rafters spacing. By installing baffles, you can ensure rafter spaces are filled completely while preventing insulation from filling unwanted areas of your attic or crawlspace.
Insulate baffles can be also installed in attic ventilations. They can help prevent mold and mildew from forming in attic vents. Insulation baffles come in a variety of materials, including rigid waterproof foam, rigid cardboard, PVC or plastic. They are available at different lengths, and can be mounted between the rafters of the attic or on the floor.